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Actively manage your career even when you're not actively looking. Learn about things you can and should doo between job searches to prepare to reach new career targets and build the skills and achievements you need to succeed and move up the career ladder.

 This week's Ivy Exec spotlight features an article by Caroline Ceniza-Levine about the important role executive recruiters can play in your career management. Read on for her top tips:

An attorney once asked me what to do about recruiters: she worked as in-house counsel and felt she did not get the same attention from recruiters as her colleagues in law firms. Here are 3 strategies to get noticed by executive recruiters:

Building a strong personal brand is a process which helps others recognize your key skills and appreciate your worth. Providing you follow the fundamentals of personal branding, your chances for a promotion or to be considered for a new executive job will be greatly improved. Read on to learn these fundamentals and begin communicating your true value to those who count:
 
Fundamentals of Branding
 

Executive career transition at 50+ provides a unique challenge of balancing experience with perceptions of age. Confronting age bias is a reality faced by many executives, but handled expertly by few. To advise on these unique challenges, Louise Kursmark, Principal of Best Impression Career Services, delivered an executive seminar on how to stay relevant and counteract bias.

Louise discussed how to revamp a tired executive resume/CV, how to best present oneself at interviews to avoid age bias and the importance of being visible online. Learn from a selection of her top tips, but access the full executive seminar below to truly revamp your career at 50+ 

1. Start with Your Resume/CV

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Self-knowledge is the key to personal branding, creating marketing documents such as CVs/Resumes, and excelling during networking and executive job interviews. One key way strengthen your brand and increase your self-knowledge (and self-worth) is to look back at all your previous employers and create ‘an inventory of the initiatives you have undertaken that have paid off’ (Driving the Career Highway, 2007). 

Look beyond the traditional key points you extracted from your CV/resume. As professionals we have learned to economise our experiences to fit on one or two pages, yet as we move forward, the many other positive initiatives and achievements surrounding these key points become distant, unrecalled memories.

Dig deep

A recent LinkedIn update detailed a title change of a contact from Consultant Financial Advisor to Senior Vice President Finance, reminding me of an often forgotten benefit to being a successful consultant – the chance of landing highly coveted executive positions.

Engaging in consulting assignments often features in the careers of senior executives, and as demonstrated above, can result in working relationships that develop into fulltime positions. But is consulting right for you?

Take a look at our top five articles from the last week, all taken from top business and career management websites.
  1. Five Steps to Building Your Network
A wide and varied professional network can be an invaluable career tool - Douglas R. Conant looks at 5 ways you can build your own network and benefit your career.

In a recent survey of BlueSteps senior executives, 49.4% believed that executives should stay in every position at least two years, with a further 19.5% believing 3 years to be the minimum, in order to not compromise the value of your resume/CV. However, for many reasons, tenure in jobs can come under two years. So what should you do when your CV/resume presents two or more positions with tenure of less than two years?
 
To help answer this question, we refer to a recent Ivy Exec blog post, about this topic exactly. Taking advice from Bradford Agry, take a look at the key takeaways from his response:

 In a recent discussion about career success, someone described the company in which they work as a “Velvet Coffin” by reputation.